Feb 24, 2013 7:00am EST
less agree with the democratic controlled senate in harry reid. politically, finding the consensus to do it, there is an acceptance around the capital that if an agreement is going to be reached, it will have to be like the fiscal cliff deal was, like the transportation bill was. speaker boehner has to pass it with a lot of democratic votes. that is a politically risky thing to do. in the crisis will lead him to do it. getting a majority of republicans to vote for a deal that can also be agreed to with 60 votes in the senate, there is no way to do it right now. host: todd zwillich is a reporter on capitol hill. lesley clark spends much of her time at the white house for mcclatchy newspapers. we will focus on sequestration and we will break it down topic by topic. later in the week, we will look housing and education issues. we hope you tune in all week as we provide more specific details on what will happen and how it could potentially impact you. let me go back to bob woodward. it is one of the opinion pages driving the day. he says the president and jack lew have this wrong. thes
Feb 21, 2013 9:00pm PST
. it culminated in a moment just before boehner and senator harry reid went into a meeting in the oval office. >> these guys are going into the meeting with the president. boehner has just been humiliated by his own people with the plan b debacle. and he tells harry reid to go (bleep) himself. >> and reid looks up and he says, "what? excuse me?" and boehner says it again. >> hey, listen, senator reid and i are close friends. we've got to work together. but just like any cle friends, sometimes you just need to clear the air. and we did. >> narrator: boehner would now watch from the sidelines as senate minority leader mitch mcconnell and vice president joe biden again worked out a last- minute deal. >> we've seen this drama so many times now, it's almost like it's just an accepted part of the script. things go on and then they fall apart. then there's the 911 call, either from mcconnell to biden or biden to mcconnell. >> narrator: on new year's eve, mcconnell tlined the stopgap mease. >> and i can report that we've reached an agreement on all of the tax issues. >> narrator: the key was a tax hi
Feb 27, 2013 12:00pm EST
-bowles commission, nominated by the majority leader, harry reid and i served with 17 others, six by the president, and six from each the house and the senate, democrats and republicans, equally divided, and we considered the deficit crisis facing america, and it's serious. we borrow 40 cents for every dollar we spend. that's unsustainable. no family could continue with that kind of a regimen, no could could and certainly no nation can. so we have to have deficit reduction. but we need to do it thoughtfully. first, we don't want to do it too quickly. i met with a group downstairs from illinois, they are civic and business leaders from the quad cities area in western illinois. and we talked about the fact that we are in an economic recovery but a slow one, and one that is taking hold but slowly. and we need to take care that whatever we do doesn't jeopardize economic recovery. right now, downtown the federal reserve board is trying to keep the economic recovery moving forward and jobs created, and the way they're doing that is keeping interest rates low so it's cheaper to borrow what's needed for a
Feb 12, 2013 1:00pm EST
and approve the senate nomination, harry reid said he'd like a full senate vote either wednesday or thursday. the armed services committee met this morning to look at the upcoming sequester. those automatic defense cuts set to happen march 1. and they heard from among others the chairman or the joint chiefs of the -- the chief of staff of the army, general ray odierno. >> the fiscal outlook, which the army faces in fiscal year threen and to my hodge -- 2013 and to my knowledge is dire and unprecedented. by the budget control act of 2011, the combination of the continuing resolution, a shortfall -- excuse me -- the -- a shortfall in overseas contingency operation funds for afghanistan and the sequester in fiscal year 2013 has resulted in a $17 billion to $18 billion shortfall to the army's operation and maintenance accounts. as well as an additional $6 billion cut to other programs. all of this will come in the remaining seven months of this year. the fiscal year 2013 fiscal situation will have grave and immediate readiness impacts by all forces not serving in afghanistan or forward in korea.